NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Old Dominion University will be the site of the first rooftop solar panel installation by Dominion Virginia Power.
More than 600 solar panels will be installed during the summer months at ODU's Student Recreation Center. Dominion said the panels will generate 132 kilowatts for the electric grid.
The installation is part of the Solar Partnership Program and when fully implemented, will generate enough power for 7,500 homes. Dominion will operate up to 30 megawatts of company-owned solar facilities. These facilities will be on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties through the service area.
"This installation will pave the way for us to assess the benefits of solar facilities on our electrical distribution system," Ken Barker, Vice President of Costumer Solutions at Dominion said. "This new program is already encouraging the growth of solar energy in Virginia as many other customers have contacted us and shown interest."
"When the program was announced last year, it was readily apparent that Old Dominion University was a perfect fit for this innovative project," ODU President John r. Broderick said. "Our Student Recreation Center is one of the main hubs of activity on our campus and our university, as a whole, is a hub of alternative energy research. This installation is yet another example of ODU's leadership in the development of solar installations and ground-breaking solar energy research."
The project at ODU will generate enough power during daylight hours for 35 homes.
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